Haskell files for unemployment, county fighting claim

If a claim is approved, benefits are paid by the state, and the responsible municipality refunds the state dollar for dollar, they said.

If approved by the town board, Haskell could receive up to $5,438 of local taxpayer money over the 26-week period, according to the state Labor Dept.

The decision of whether to contest the town's portion of the claim has not yet been made, Thurman officials said.

"He is of course entitled to submit a claim," Thurman Board Member Ruth Keller said Monday. "In my personal opinion, I think the taxpayer has paid his way long enough."

Acting Thurman Supervisor Leon Galusha confirmed that the letter has been received by the town, but would not comment on whether payment to Haskell would be appropriate or legally correct.

"From what I understand, it is up to the unemployment office at the department of labor," Galusha said Monday. "I plan on making some phone calls and learning more about what exactly the town's role is in the process."

This isn't the first time a displaced Warren County Supervisor has submitted an unemployment insurance claim.

Former Horicon Supervisor Wayne Monroe, who was ousted from office by voters in 1997, filed an unemployment insurance claim shortly after the election.

For several months, Monroe's claim went unchallenged and he received unemployment benefits, Horicon Supervisor Ralph Bentley recalled Monday.

But the county government later challenged the claim based on Dusek's determination it was invalid, and the town and county both sought repayment, Bentley said. Monroe repaid several month's worth of benefits, Bentley added.

Adirondack Journal editor Thom Randall contributed to this report.

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